The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

News and Announcements

22nd November, 2015


Update: Nov 21 - Bishop Elliott's sermon from the Solemn Pontifical Mass today at Sacred Heart Parish, Kew is now available.

Photos of the Mass are now available in our photos section.


From the Parish Priest’s desk.

Humanly speaking, it seems likely that Pope Francis will attempt soon to change the Church’s discipline (and in this case necessarily Her doctrine) on the non-admission to Holy Communion of those who are in objectively sinful situations (eg those in irregular unions): we know that this was his practice in Buenos Aires, that he has already extended an informal permission to at least two people in telephone conversations, and that he has indicated to the editor of La Republica, Eugenio Scalfari, his intention to make this change. As well, Fr Antonio Spadaro SJ, Director of La Civiltà Catholica (which publishes nothing without the Pope’s specific approval) has indicated a change in discipline will occur along the lines of discernment through the internal forum, supported by a de-centralised Church in which Bishops’ Conferences are empowered to make decisions that are essentially doctrinal. The Pope has also hinted at such changes in his Wednesday catechesis. Then, last weekend, visiting the Lutheran Church of Rome, in the context of a Q&A session, the Pope made an ambiguous comment on the possibility of inter-communion with Lutherans. At the same time, the Pope admitted he was “not competent” to give permission for this.

In the midst of this morass of self-generated confusion, it is something of a relief to hear Pope Francis admit that he is “not competent” to make such a change. The competence of the Vicar of Christ is supreme on earth, but not unlimited. We should continue to pray that our Holy Father will not make the mistake of attempting to go beyond his competence in the matter of the discipline and doctrine of the reception of the Holy Eucharist, or indeed in any other matter of faith and morals, or their related disciplines.

At a moment when the Church and the Faith are under sustained attack from within and without – morally, intellectually, and even physically – we need and hope to see clear and courageous leadership from the Pope and the College of Bishops, based on the received teaching and discipline of the Church. The Pope’s role – among other things – is to be a sign and instrumental cause of unity in the Church. In order to be morally fit for such a role, one must be prepared to submit oneself entirely to the mind and will of Christ, as it has been conveyed to us by Tradition. This is what preserves the supreme authority from arbitrary and despotic abuses.

Sincerely in Our Lord,

Fr Glen Tattersall


De Mattei: "A false battle against Islam"

Roberto de Mattei

Corrispondenza Romana

November 18, 2015

All the analysts highlighted the failure of the French security services on that tragic day of November 13th. The primary cause of this failure, more than inefficiency, is related to the French political and administrative class' cultural inability The terrorism that is flooding the world today is the child of the ‘89 Revolution as well as the long series of professional revolutionaries: Anarchists, socialists and communists, who, between the 19th and 20th centuries practiced violence en masse and perpetrated the first genocides in the history of mankind. The so-called fundamentalists, have grafted the European experience of terrorism onto the trunk of an intrinsically totalitarian ideology -- which Islam is -- a political religion which has always imposed itself with violence.

The plan to insert Islam into Republican values can only come forth from the mind of those who refuse to understand the historical role of the religious dimension and reduce everything to economic conflicts or politics. This mentality is at the origin of the astounding errors which united Sarkozy’s and Hollande’s France and the United States of Barrack Hussein Obama in their Mediterranean policies.

At the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 the “Arab springtime” was loudly proclaimed, in the belief that the fall of the “tyrants” in Egypt, Libya and Syria would have inaugurated a new era of democracy, liberty and social development in Africa and the Middle East. Obama, Sarkozy and then Hollande, were convinced it was possible to pass painlessly from the dictatorial regimes to democracy and that this “democratic revolution” would have delivered the keys of the economic resources in those territories to the United States and France. In February 2011, France began bombing Libya to favor a “democratic revolution" actuated by the Jihadist rebels.

The outcome was the ascent of radical Islam, the death of 150 thousand people and the explosion of bloody divisions in the Muslim world. The following year Hollande supported Mohammed Morsi, the newly elected Egyptian President, linked to the Muslim Brother’s Movement, which has been one of those who mostly busied themselves in ousting the Syrian President Bashar al Assad from power. In 2013, France did its best so that the European Union would remove all embargos which would impede the supplying of arms, instructors and economic support to the Syrian Jihadist Rebels.

We have now learned that the Paris massacre had been planned in Syria, in the same spheres - that until a year ago – had enjoyed the French trust. Yet it needs to be stressed that the terrorists are immigrants’ of the second and third generations, of Belgian and French nationality and formed in those urban ghettos where failure in utopian multiculturalism is transpiring.

The only one left believing in this utopia, Barack Obama, declared the day after the slaughter that “the motto ‘liberté. egalité, fraternité' not only evokes French values, but values that we all share.” Yet it seems also the Vatican authorities do too, since “Muslims may also be involved in the Holy Year” as “in a world torn by violence, it is the right time to launch the campaign of mercy.“

Mercy is a great Christian virtue, but if it is emancipated from the virtues of justice and fortitude, it becomes the ecclesiastical version of the secularist culture of surrender. This culture today is expressed in all kinds of cultural and moral deviation, including Satanism, an anti-religion in which many young people bestow unwittingly to the cult of rock concerts. Furthermore, for a symbolic nemesis, Kiss the Devil was the title of the song being played on the stage at the Bataclan when the terrorists began their massacre. The culture of death, of the Islamic or relativist sort, can be confronted and won only by the authentic light of the Gospel.

Translation: Contributor Francesca Romana

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Please note that there will be no 10.00 am Mass this Thursday or Friday. Fr Tattersall will be absent from this evening, until Friday afternoon.

Stewardship and the Newman Parish – planned giving: new Parishioners are invited to consider pledging their regular financial support for the support of the clergy who serve them, and for the needs of the Newman Parish. Existing Parishioners are also urged to review their contributions, in proportion to their means. Pledge forms are available in the vestibule. Envelopes for 2016 are now available for collection from the vestibule after the Sunday Masses, or from the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 3 pm. Planned giving by electronic means (direct debit or credit card) is preferred, but envelopes will continue to be available for those who wish.

Handel’s Messiah – Sunday, 13th December, 5pm, at the Melbourne Town Hall (Royal Melbourne Philharmonic): as we have now passed the date for the Parish group booking, those who have not registered but are still interested, are encouraged to purchase their own tickets directly.

Silence & Song – a “Monastic” retreat for men, 18th – 21st January, 2016, Benedict XVI Retreat Centre, Grose Wold, NSW: come and discover the heart of monastic life. You will participate in the complete horarium of the Sung Monastic Office, as well as daily Solemn Mass. Chaplain: Fr Glen Tattersall. 4 days/3 nights. Shared accommodation, including all meals - $300; single room accommodation - $483. Enquiries/registration: Ronan: 0402 613 963.

The Divine Office class will meet today from 12.15-1.00 pm to study the office of Vespers. Next Sunday, 29th November, there will be a special class on the Extraordinary Form of Mass, and the use of a Missal and other aids to participation in the sacred liturgy. This will be particularly helpful to newer members of our Parish, but everyone is welcome.

Anyone interested in singing Sunday Vespers regularly, is invited to contact Timothy Garvey by email:

Immaculate Conception – 6.30 am Dawn Sung Mass: there will be a Dawn Sung Mass on Tuesday 8th December, at 6.30 am, to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin. The Newman Fellowship invites young adults to attend this Mass, and to meet for breakfast afterwards in a local café.

Copies of ‘Morning Star’ (a collection of Marian Hymns and Chants), Prima Luce’s latest CD, are available after the Sunday Masses for $30. These would make an excellent gift for Christmas.

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Homily on our 10th Anniversary

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